Author Archives: Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Noir Nook: Dame-Name Noirs – Nina Foch

Noir Nook: Dame-Name Noirs One of my favorite things about film noir is the female characters. Not just the femmes fatales – although they, of course, are quite the selling point. But all of noir’s dames aren’t bad girls – … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Love in the Shadows

Noir Nook: Love in the Shadows A wise man once said, “Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever.” In that spirit, and in this season of love, this month’s Noir Nook celebrates three … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Peggy Cummins – Her Path to Film Noir

Noir Nook: Peggy Cummins – Her Path to Film Noir As we begin another noir year, I thought this would be a perfect time to take a look at one of my favorite noir femmes, Peggy Cummins, and the path … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Not So Christmas Noir

Noir Nook: Not So Christmas Noir In watching the opening of Lady in the Lake (1947), if you didn’t know any better, you’d think that you’re about to take in a lightweight Christmas movie along the lines of It’s a … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: YouTube Noir – Cry of the City (1948)

Noir Nook: YouTube Noir – Cry of the City (1948) The other night, I participated in a #FilmNoirFriday thread on Twitter, where I offered up a film noir recommendation. I selected The Big Combo (1955), which is one of the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Five Things You Need to Know About Guest in the House (1944)

Noir Nook: Five Things You Need to Know About Guest in the House (1944) Guest in the House (1944) is a little-known noir starring Anne Baxter as Evelyn Heath, who has been in the hospital due to a heart ailment … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Just the Facts on Double Indemnity

Noir Nook: Just the Facts on Double Indemnity Not long ago, I was interviewed on a podcast about my very favorite film noir – Double Indemnity (1944). I had an absolute ball talking about the superb writing and direction, the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Minor but Memorable

Noir Nook: Minor but Memorable Film noir is teeming with well-known starring roles for women — Jane Greer in Out of the Past, Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity, and Gene Tierney in Laura come immediately to mind. But there are … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – Rope (1948)

Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – Rope (1948) Rope is a 1948 feature directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, John Dall, and Farley Granger. It may not be necessarily categorized as film noir, but it is undeniably … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Top Five Reasons Why I Love Phyllis Dietrichson

Noir Nook: Top Five Reasons Why I Love Phyllis Dietrichson If you know me at all, you’ll know that my favorite noir, hands-down, no question, is Double Indemnity (1944), which tells the story of an insurance salesman who teams with … Continue reading

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